Seattle Center’s legacy of providing residents and visitors access to world-class arts, education, and recreation opportunities in a central location began in 1962 with the Century 21 World’s Fair. The Seattle Center Century 21 Master Plan guides the ongoing redevelopment of the Seattle Center's 74-acre campus in response to the needs of a diverse and dynamic community. More information on the Century 21 Master Plan can be found at the bottom of the page.
As stewards of the campus, the Seattle Center department is actively working on major maintenance, capital improvements, and long-term planning projects, including:
The DuPen Fountain is currently closed. The area has been reimagined, and the new design will feature the original sculptures by Everett DuPen plus an interactive splash pad-style water feature in the plaza, scheduled to reopen late 2022.
The Armory exterior is being restored to highlight the façade’s original architectural characteristics. In addition to improvements already completed, select doors are being replaced, and lighting upgrades are in the design phase toward anticipated completion in 2023. Restrooms on the 1st floor will also be renovated.
Campus ADA Improvements
New ADA compliant hardware is being installed in the Armory, Fisher Pavilion, Exhibition Hall, the Vera Project, parking facilities, and Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.
Parking Access & Revenue Control System (PARCS)
Work is underway in both the Mercer Street and 5th Avenue North garages to install a new parking system, including electrical and cabling upgrades, new entry and exit kiosks, infrastructure improvements, Pay-On-Foot stations, and more. This project is anticipated to wrap up in early 2023.
Campus Facility Condition Assessment
We are currently conducting a facilities condition assessment of our existing buildings and infrastructure to gather data, which provides a basis for determining capital needs to correct current issues and to avoid future facilities deterioration. The goal is to gain a better understanding of current facility conditions to build a solid foundation for capital planning and spending by providing a clear set of objectives based on a snapshot in time prior to committing staff and financial resources. This will also help reduce emergencies, keep our campus running smoothly, and provide for an improved customer experience.